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Astronomy & the Tower

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Grade Level:
Middle School: Sixth Grade through Eighth Grade
Subject:
Math,Science,Social Studies
Common Core Standards:
6-8.RST.7, 6-8.RST.9, 6.SL.1, 6.SL.2, 6.RP.1, 6.NS.2
State Standards:
NGSS: MS-ESS1; 5-ESS1-1
WY State Social Studies: SS8.2; SS8.5.1

Background

This is a Ranger in the Classroom (RIC) program. It is based on the earth sciences and social studies curriculum for 6th grade. A park ranger will visit your school and deliver an interactive presentation followed by a classroom activity. Depending on your class schedule, the ranger can deliver multiple programs for each class/section, or a single presentation for all sections at once.

The Astronomy & the Tower program covers earth science concepts such as moon phases, gravity, and scale size/distance of stellar objects. We discuss these ideas through the lense of American Indian star knowledge related to Devils Tower. Like many cultures, Lakotas, Kiowas, Crows and other tribes associated with the Tower have studied the night skies for hundreds of years. Their knowledge of the stars is closely linked to sacred sites like the Tower. This program combines modern and ancient astronomy, and uses cultural narratives to help us learn about physcial properties of objects we see in our skies.

The ranger will need a computer and projection system for the presentation; access to a gymnasium or athletic field is required for the activity. To request a program, go to the request a program page and click "Request a ranger visit to your school."

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Last updated: December 14, 2017